Summer 2016: North Country Notes

A native voice and mentor to other writers is sadly lost

Like every region, the north country has produced its share of mold-breakers. Some, like F.W. Woolworth and Melvil Dewey in retailing and library classification, respectively, achieved wide renown. Others passed their time on this Earth in relative anonymity outside of small circles of the like-minded. [Read more…]

Spring 2016: North Country Notes

A woman of courage and conviction, ahead of her time

Catherine Keese went to prison in Dannemora. Several times. Voluntarily.  [Read more…]

Winter 2016: North Country Notes

Our north country is a ‘land of many borders’ within itself

“Border country.” I overheard this phrase once, a discernible fragment of conversation in a noisy restaurant. It’s another name for the north country. When we use it, we are probably thinking of our border with Canada. [Read more…]

Holiday 2015: North Country Notes

Over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving memories

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the bright and drifting snow-oh … ”

When I was growing up in the Champlain Valley, we did in fact go over the river (two, actually) and through the woods, as well as farm fields, to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas, although, being an up-to-date 1950s family, we traveled by car, and snowdrifts that early in the winter were rare, at least at Thanksgiving. [Read more…]

Summer 2015: North Country Notes

Farmers markets a hot ticket in summer months

By Neal Nurdick, NNY Living 

Some folks think people go to farmers markets to acquire food. That’s only part of it. We really go to see our friends. [Read more…]

Spring 2015: North Country Notes

The sweet taste of maple a north country tradition

By Neal Burdick, NNY Living 

Back in March, just as “maple season” was gearing up, an advertisement for a wallpaper steamer appeared in a chatroom where I work.

“Just boil down some sap in your kitchen,” I muttered. “That’ll take off several layers. Worked for us.” [Read more…]